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Wright Award of Excellence whereby alumni, members of the com- munity, and corporations are chosen by a jury appointed by the President to be honored for outstanding repute as leaders in their respective fields of endeavor. Nominations for the honor are made by the alumni, the student body, and the faculty. The Award commemorates Major Richard R. Wright, the first President of Savannah State College. To qualify to receive this Award, an alumnus, a member of the com- munity, or a corporation must have worked constructively to change the pulse of the community for the better. The parties cited must have used innovative approaches in opening new avenues of awareness for the in- dividual and society as a whole. The honorees must have utilized scholarly means which address the needs of the public and attempt to improve the human condition. Recipients of this Award must be eclectic thinkers who have proven themselves able to transcend the false pride that tempers self-aggrandizement. The Major Richard R. Wright Award of Excellence will not be given injudiciously. Those parties that receive the Award will be noted for their expertise in social, educational, and civic arenas. The College will recognize recipients of the Major Richard R. Wright Award of Excellence at Commencement Convocations. Since the Board of Regents does not allow any of the state colleges to confer honorary degrees, this Award is given by Savannah State College in lieu of them. ®f|e Mtx\av Strljaro S. Urtg^t Atuaro of iExMlenr? Presentations by Norman Benedict Elmore, M. A. Assistant Professor of English, Savannah State College Citations by Prince Albert Jackson, Jr., Ph.D., President Savannah State College Assistant Professor Elmore WESTLEY W. LAW, a distinguished alumnus of Savannah State College, a beloved and respected champion of the rights of the common man, began his service to the City of Savannah and tin 1 State of Georgia im- mediately after he received the baccalaureate degree in Natural Sciences from Savannah State College in 1948. Mr. Law is a paragon among civil rights leaders and a dynamic model of the cosmic man. One could not adequately describe Westley W. Law without mentioning his commitment to the ideals and goals of the NAACP, an organization that he has supported and continues to support with unwavering faith and unrelent- ing fervor. Long before mass demonstrations and Supreme Court decisions abolished the sinister abyss of segregation, Westley W. Law incessantly reminded both Blacks and Whites that no American would be free until all Americans shared the fruits of truth, liberty, justice, and peace. Mr. President, I present to you Mr. Westley W. Law, President of the Savannah Branch of the NAACP and former President of the Georgia Conference of the NAACP to receive the Richard R. Wright Award of Excellence. He, like Socrates, has proved that the examined life is worth living. Mr. Law. President Jackson WESTLEY W. LAW, scholarly citizen, brilliant leader of men, compassionate counselor and teacher of the down-trodden, your commitment to the dignity of the common man has enhanced the Savannah com- munity and exalted the pulse of the larger American society. By the authority vested in me as President of Savannah State College, I am sincerely honored to award you the Major Richard R. Wright Award of Ex- cellence. Assistant Professor Elmore EUGENE H. GADSDEN, alumnus of Savannah State College, Lincoln University (Pennsylvania), and the School of Law of the North Carolina Central University, has been associated for the major portion of his adult life with the dispatch of justice and the eloquent practice of law. His professional accomplishments are matched only by his singular dedication to the public domain. Years before they became the hue and cry, he was a tenacious apostle of Legal Aid, a staunch defender of the NAACP, and a bulwark of the Democratic Party. Mr. Gadsden's devotion to social action is crystallized by his memberships in Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated and the Sigma Phi Phi Fraternity. Mr. President, Sterling Brown has written: '"One thing they cannot prohibit — The strong men . . . coming on The strong men gittin ' stronger ..." I present a strong man, Attorney Eugene H. Gadsden, to receive the Major Richard R. Wright Award of Excellence. Attorney Gadsden. President Jackson EUGENE H. GADSDEN, you have lived your life according to the highest ideals of your profession and you have served as a beacon of hope for those who thought that life itself was devoid of light. You have prac- ticed and dispatched the law most judiciously. You have demonstrated in your own provocative style the biblical axiom: "He who humbles himself shall be exalted . . ." In recognition of your service to the Savannah community, and to mankind in general, I am singularly pleased to award you the Major Richard R Wright Award of Excellence. ORDER OF EXERCISES ACADEMIC PROCESSION: "God of Our Fathers" George W. Warren Coleridge A. Braithwaite, Ed.D., Organist HYMN: "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" Ludwig Von Beethoven Audience INVOCATION The Reverend Frank C. Mattox, D.D. Pastor, Saint Philips Monumental A.M.E. Church Savannah, Georgia RESPONSE: "Hear Our Prayer, Lord" George Whelpton Audience SELECTION: "The Impossible Dream" Mitch Leigh Brenda Faison, '75, Soprano Doris Isaac, '73, Accompanist THE MAJOR RICHARD R WRIGHT AWARDS Prince A. Jackson, Jr., Ph.D. President INTRODUCTION OF THE SPEAKER Prince A. Jackson, Jr., Ph.D. COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS Luetta Colvin Milledge, Ph.D. Professor and Head, Department of English, Savannah State College SELECTION: "Nobody Knows de Trouble I've Seen" Harry T. Burleigh Miss Faison PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES FOR THE BACCALAUREATE DEGREES: Division of Business Administration Olest Carver Byrd, Ph.D. Division of Education Thelma M. Harmond, Ph.D. Division of Humanities Howard M. Jason, Ph.D. Division of Natural Sciences Margaret C. Robinson, Ph.D. Division of Social Sciences Elmer J. Dean, Ed.D. Division of Technical Sciences Clyde W. Hall, Ed.D. CONFERRING OF BACCALAUREATE DEGREES Prince A. Jackson, Jr., Ph.D. ALUMNI INDUCTION James 0. Thomas, B.S. President, Savannah State College National Alumni Association Washington, D.C. ANNOUNCEMENTS SAVANNAH STATE COLLEGE HYMN J. Randolph Fisher-Hillary Hatchett BENEDICTION The Reverend Samuel Williams, B.D. College Minister THREE-FOLD AMEN * * RECESSIONAL: "Triumphal March" (from "Aida") Giuseppe Verdi The audience is requested to remain seated until the procession has exited ^txpttz €&xxftTTtb DIVISION OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Accounting Ronald Broxton Savannah Montgomery Owens Marion, S. C. Reba DaVese Pazant Savannah Harold J. Simmons Savannah Herman Nathaniel West Savannah General Business Administration Carlton Edward Anderson Savannah Frederick Atkins Pelham Tony Ervin Byrd Sylvania Priscilla Jenora DeVore Pineland, S. C. Archie Lee Fisher Waverly Gloria Gibson Atlanta Mercell Helen Gordon Savannah Herman Graham Savannah Cardell Heath Savannah John W. Hill Kingston Wilhelminia Hill Savannah Otis S. Holland Cobbtown David Hunter Winder Murriel Jackson Collins Mckenzie Jenkins Desoto Betty Christine Lawton Savannah Sherman Martin Savannah Gwendolyn Walker Mencer Savannah Verdell Mincey, Jr Savannah Carlene Mitchell Valdosta Jesse K. Moore Savannah Rufus F. N. Peters Savannah Mariam Arzell Rodney Savannah Shirley Anita Ann Ross Cordele Eunice Wells Walker Savannah Joyce Dianne Williams Athens Alethia V. Worlds Savannah Eddie Mack Wright, Jr Savannah Economics Bennie Reid Savannah Management & Marketing Carlton Edward Wyatt Thomasville Office Administration Olga Laura Kilpatrick Whiteplains DIVISION OF EDUCATION Elementary Education Eva Mae Bennett Louisville Julia Mary Alice Bivins Blackshear Helen Zenobia Fletcher Savannah Theresa Green Vidalia Olivia Banks Grier Covington Carolyn Elaine Pickett Patterson Annette Louise Martin Smith Savannah Virginia Juanita Young Gainesville Secondary Education Annie Lou Hunt Anderson Savannah Trade & Industrial Mary Elizabeth Martin Blackshear Savannah Trade & Industrial James Russell Butts Fitzgerald Mathematics Lemuel Campbell Savannah A11 Betty Raye Downing Savannah Business Otis Hubbert Fletcher McRae Industrial Freddy J. Geiger Claxton Mathematics Kenneth M. Greene Savannah Industrial Arts Brenda Deloris Groover Savannah Business Brenda Joyce Howard Bainbridge Business Everett Maurice Huggins Louisville Social Studies Robert Frank Johnson Sylvania Industrial Arts Brenda Dale King Thomasville English Shirley J. Mosley Millen Mathematics Diane Yvonne Nelson Columbus English Johnny E. Polite Savannah Industrial Arts David Adam Sanders Savannah Industrial Ai-ts Isabell Denise Sanders Savannah Mathematics Julia Paulk Sayles Waycross Business Patricia Byrd Scott Savannah An Cheryl Lavon Smith Savannah English Geveva Wilhemenia Stewart Savannah Mathematics Deotha Williams Savannah Business Health, Physical Education & Recreation Andre Runard Alston Savannah William Harris Savannah Michael Jordan Los Angeles, Calif. DIVISION OF HUMANITIES Enclish Connie E. Bennette Waynesboro DIVISION OF NATURAL SCIENCES Biology Dwight Rolland Baker Ailey Clarel Alexis Dashiell Savannah Francis Elaine DeVoe Savannah Juanita Wyche Johnson Valdosta Mac Winston Mattox Bowman Grady Mitchell Vidalia Veronica P. Simmons Hilton Head, S. C. Melvin Wilkerson Madison Edward Williams Savannah Mathematics William George Anderson Savannah George Lee Brown Savannah Irvin W. Campbell Savannah Terrance Jaudon Dykes Savannah Barbara Frazier Savannah Rose Riley Gibbs Savannah John Edward Hunter Savannah Winderfert Irine Jenkins Savannah Chemistry Charles Edward Ling Savannah DIVISION OF SOCIAL SCIENCES Criminal Justice Amos Jerome Baker Savannah Donald James Campbell Denmark, S. C. Donnell Howell Savannah Barbara Ann Jones Savannah Emma Jean Mosley Milledgeville Larry P. Polite Garnett, S. C. Alfonso Alexander Smith Savannah Brenda Carol Thomas McRae Vernon Paul Williams Savannah Willie Lee Williams Savannah History Alluette Karen Jones Mount Pleasant, S. C. Esau Moore Savannah Chester Adolph Smith Sparta Sociology Helen R Coxon Savannah Georgetta Romanza Dempsey Savannah Delores H. Dumas Savannah Vanzena Dykes Abbeville Judy Ann Evans Savannah Loretta Gibbs Thomasville Belinda Goodman Griffin Nathaniel A. Hamilton Savannah Sandra Lee Harmon Savannah Josephine E. Hughes Valdosta Faye Carswell Hunter Savannah Margaret Gene Parker Kendrick Tennille Sherill Winifred Macon Savannah Percil Moye Savannah Willie Mae Robinson Savannah Willie Mae Sadberry Cairo Carol Elaine Singleton Savannah Leomie Jeanette Tremble Statesboro Alberta Jones Ward Savannah Barbara A. Wilder Griffin Lottie R. Williams Macon F. LaRose Woods Vidalia DIVISION OF TECHNICAL SCIENCES Electronic Engineerinc Technology William Ulysses Frazier Savannah Daniel Webster Gleaton Stockbridge Carlton Moffett Savannah Mechanical Engineering Technology Lawrence Benjamin Thomas Savannah Dietetics & Institutional Management Shirley A. Davis Savannah Alteria Yvonne Maynard Savannah Bonnie Lee Rouse Savannah James Lawrence Walker Augusta Textiles & Clothing Shelia Carlette Bailey Macon Catherine Patricia Clowers Gray Patricia Elaine Fleming Louisville Dorothy Lucus Cordele Linda Oreva Perry Valdosta Gwendolyn Marie West Jesup USHERS Laurentina Bryan Margaret Roberts Yavonne Dashiell Marion Robbins Charlene Lewis Marva Stevens CANDIDATES FOR THE MASTER'S DEGREE IN THE JOINT GRADUATE PROGRAM OF ARMSTRONG STATE COLLEGE AND SAVANNAH STATE COLLEGE Estelle G. Aiken B.S. Degree Arsula Allen B.S. Degree Mary Neal Allen B.S. Degree Joseph Leon Bain B.S. Degree Virginia F. Beverly B.S. Degree Verdell L. Miller Braxton B.S. Degree Ernestine S. Brown B.S. Degree Odessa W. Bryant B.S. Degree Ruby Linda Burke B.S. Degree Walton Ewing Burns B.S. Degree Leila R. H. Butler B.S. Degree Albertha Williams Collier B.S. Degree Marilyn H. Cook B.S. Degree Barbara Sue Cox B.S. Degree Ann Clements Davis B.S. Degree Marion Virginia Groover DeLoach B.S. Degree Judith Conoly Ford B.S. Degree Virgia SuAnn Glass B.S. Degree Sarah G. Gordon B.S. Degree Elberta L. Grovner A.B. Degree Martha T. Hayes B.S. Degree Roy A. Jackson B.S. Degree Willie Mae Kirkland B.S. Degree Viva Lynn Kirkland A.B. Degree Sheryl Kay Baxter Lagasse B.S. Degree Gayle C. Lee B.S. Degree Pearl Singleton LeValle B.S. Degree Alexander Spensor Luten B.S. Degree Naomi B. Marshall B.S. Degree Gloria Thomas Mims B.S. Degree Richard Russell Mole B.S. Degree Berneatha H. Moseley B.S. Degree Vernon Jerome Neely A.B. Degree Katherine Thornton Ogletree B.S. Degree Joseph R Owens B.S. Degree Elliott L. Sams B.S. Degree Mary Frances Brown Shank A.B. Degree Sedalia Gordon Singleton B.S. Degree Annie B. Grant Smalls B.S. Degree Sarah Rose Stafford B.S. Degree Virginia Turner Stripling B.S. Degree Catherine Shavers Thomas B.S. Degree Thomasina J. Thompson B.S. Degree Bertha A. Tuten B.S. Degree Louise S. Wilkerson B.S. Degree Barbara S. 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Degree Savannah State College Savannah State College Savannah State College Savannah State College Georgia College Savannah State College Morris College Savannah State College Georgia Southern College Georgia Southern College Savannah State College Savannah State College Georgia College Georgia Southern College Savannah State College Armstrong State College Georgia Southern College Savannah State College Savannah State College Paine College Armstrong State College Savannah State College Georgia Southern College Allen University Georgia Southern College University of Georgia Savannah State College Savannah State College Savannah State College Savannah State College Savannah State College Benedict College University of Georgia Fort Valley State College Savannah State College Savannah State College Spelman College Savannah State College Savannah State College Savannah State College Fort Valley State College Savannah State College Savannah State College Armstrong State College Savannah State College Wesleyan Conservatory 1970 1945 1948 1957 1950 1969 1960 1955 1966 1952 1949 1962 1968 1956 1965 1970 1969 1968 1956 1968 1968 1972 1970 1943 1968 1952 1963 1955 1966 1966 1957 1958 1972 1967 1958 1969 1955 1967 1969 1958 1945 1967 1966 1970 1962 1950 JOYFUL, JOYFUL, WE ADORE THEE Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee God of glory, Lord of love; Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, Opening to the sun above. Melt the clouds of sin and sadness, Drive the dark of doubt away; Giver of immortal gladness, Fill us with the light of day. All Thy works with joy surround Thee, Earth and heaven reflect Thy rays, Stars find angels sing around Thee, Center of unbroken praise. Field and forest, vale and mountain, Flowery meadow, flashing sea, Chanting bird and flowing fountain, Call us to rejoice in Thee. Thou art giving and forgiving, Ever blessing, ever blest, Well-spring of the joy of living, Ocean depth of happy rest! Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, All who live in love are Thine; Teach us how to love each other, Lift us to the Joy divine. Mortals, join the happy chorus Which the morning stars began; Father love is reigning o'er us, Brother love binds man to man. Ever singing, march we onward, Victors in the midst of strife, Joyful music leads us Sunward, In the triumph song of life. Amen. SAVANNAH STATE COLLEGE HYMN Let us give thanks and praise to Thee, To our Alma Mater, S.S.C. Thine honor, pride, and eminence, We raise in prayerful reverence. Guide us still from day to day, Be Thou mindful lest we lose our way; Help us know that life, short or long, Means unceasing work for weak and strong. REFRAIN Where Savannah meets the sea, Where grassy plains and palms abound, Where the flow'rs are gems of loveliness, There S.S.C. is found. We adore each beauteous scene and hall, Our all we pledge to Thee! In our hearts we'll build a shrine for Thee. We hail Thee, S.S.C. — J. Randolph Fisher Hillary Hatchett ANNOUNCEMENTS 1973 Fall Quarter Freshmen, September 17 Upperclassmen, September 20 ACADEMIC COSTUMES Modern academic dress has evolved from a type of apparel prescribed by English Medieval Universities to distinguish their schools from the lay person in dress at a time when everybody wore robes or gowns. When American colleges and universities desired to adopt some suitable system of academic apparel a half century ago it seemed best to agree on some definite system which all might follow. Accordingly, this attire has consisted of the cap, the gown, and the hood, the latter two now differing according to the degree the wearer has received. The modern cap, in academic dress has the same design for all degrees; black and square- shaped with a tassel hanging from the center. However, the color of the tassel usually differentiates the field of study for which the degree was granted, the gold tassel being worn by doctors or by presidents of colleges and universities; but it may be added that the black tassel is correct for all degrees. The gown, unlike the cap, differs appreciably in design according to the degree conferred on the wearer. The gown for the bachelor's degree has pointed sleeves. It is designed to be worn closed. The gown for the master's degree, worn open or closed has an oblong sleeve, open at the wrist, like the others. The sleeve base hangs down in the traditional manner. The rear part of its oblong shape is square cut and the front part has an arc cut away. The doctor's gown, worn open or closed, has long sleeves faced with velvet; three bars of velvet are midway the sleeves. The trimmings of the doctor's gown may be black or the color associated with the field of study. The hood, while not an article of dress, is, however, the most distinctive feature of the aca- demic attire. It is a black, crow-shaped badge or adornment with an oval opening and worn down the back. It enables one to quickly determine not only the degree held by the wearer but also the college or university from which he is graduated. The colors lining the hood and the size and shape of the hood make this distinction. The bachelor's and master's hoods are three feet and three and a half feet in length, respectively; the doctor's hood is four feet in length and is made with a wide panel. Hoods may be worn for only those degrees actually held by the wearers. Members of the governing body of a college or university, and they only, whatever their degrees may be, are entitled to wear doctor's gowns (with black velvet), but their hoods may be only those of degrees actually held by the wearers or those especially prescribed for them by the institution. In some colleges and universities, it is customary for the president, chancellor, or chief officer to wear a costume similar to that worn by the head of a foreign university. The chief marshal may wear a specially designed costume approved by the institution. For all academic purposes, including trimmings of doctor's gowns, edging of hoods, and tassels of caps, the color associated with different subjects as prescribed by the revised American Intercollegiate Code is as follows: Agriculture Maise Arts, Letters, Humanities White Business Drab Economics Copper Education Light Blue Law Purple Library Science Lemon Music Pink Oratory — (Speech) Silver Gray Philosophy Dark Blue Physical Education Sage Green Science Golden Yellow Theology Scarlet At Savannah State College, the lining of the hood has an orange chevron on a blue back- ground to represent school colors. A faculty member wears the color of his alma mater.